Gone With the Wind


Gone With the Wind

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Filmed and presented on a scale not seen in modern productions, Gone with the Wind is, if not the definitive Hollywood film, then certainly near the top of the list.



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Gone With the Wind boils down to a story about a spoiled Southern girl's hopeless love for a married man. Producer David O. Selznick managed to expand this concept, and Margaret Mitchell's best-selling novel, into nearly four hours' worth of screen time, on a then-astronomical 3.7-million-dollar budget, creating what would become one of the most beloved movies of all time. Gone With the Wind opens in April of 1861, at the palatial Southern estate of Tara, where Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) hears that her casual beau Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) plans to marry "mealy mouthed" Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland). Despite warnings from her father (Thomas Mitchell) and her faithful servant Mammy (Hattie McDaniel), Scarlett intends to throw herself at Ashley at an upcoming barbecue at Twelve Oaks. Alone with Ashley, she goes into a fit of histrionics, all of which is witnessed by roguish Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), the black sheep of a wealthy Charleston family, who is instantly fascinated by the feisty, thoroughly self-centered Scarlett: "We're bad lots, both of us." The movie's famous action continues from the burning of Atlanta (actually the destruction of a huge wall left over from King Kong) through the now-classic closing line, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Holding its own against stiff competition (many consider 1939 to be the greatest year of the classical Hollywood studios), Gone With the Wind won ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Vivien Leigh), and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Oscar). The film grossed nearly 192 million dollars, assuring that, just as he predicted, Selznick's epitaph would be "The Man Who Made Gone With the Wind." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Clark Gable
as Rhett Butler
Vivien Leigh
as Scarlett O'Hara
Olivia de Havilland
as Melanie Hamilton
Leslie Howard
as Ashley Wilkes
Thomas Mitchell
as Gerald O'Hara
Barbara O'Neil
as Ellen O'Hara
Laura Hope Crewes
as Aunt Pittypat Hamilton
Harry Davenport
as Dr. Meade
Ona Munson
as Belle Watling
Evelyn Keyes
as Suellen
Fred Crane
as Brent Tarleton
George Reeves
as Stuart Tarleton
Victor Jory
as Jonas Wilkerson
Ann Rutherford
as Carreen O'Hara
Howard Hickman
as John Wilkes
Alicia Rhett
as India Wilkes
Rand Brooks
as Charles Hamilton
Carroll Nye
as Frank Kennedy
Marcella Martin
as Cathleen Calvert
James Bush
as Gentleman
Ralph Brooks
as Gentleman
Philip Trent
as Gentleman, later Bearded Confederate on Steps at T
Leona Roberts
as Caroline Meade
Jane Darwell
as Dolly Merriwether
Alberto Morin
as René Picard
Mary Anderson
as Maybelle Merriwether
Terry Shero
as Fanny Elsing
Jackie Moran
as Phil Meade
Cliff Edwards
as Reminiscent Soldier
Eddy Chandler
as Sergeant
George Hackathorne
as Wounded Soldier
Roscoe Ates
as Convalescent Soldier
John Arledge
as Dying Soldier
Eric Linden
as An Amputation Case
Guy Wilkerson
as Wounded Card Player
Tom Tyler
as Commanding Officer
Frank Faylen
as Soldier Aiding Dr. Meade
Frank Coghlan Jr.
as Exhausted Boy
William Bakewell
as Mounted Officer
Lee Phelps
as Bartender
Paul Hurst
as Yankee Deserter
Ernest Whitman
as Carpetbagger's Friend
William Stelling
as Returning Veteran
Louis Jean Heydt
as Hungry Soldier
Isabel Jewell
as Emmy Slattery
William Stack
as Minister
Robert Elliott
as Yankee Major
Irving Bacon
as Corporal
Adrian Morris
as Carpetbagger Orator
J.M. Kerrigan
as Johnny Gallagher
Olin Howland
as Yankee Businessman
Yakima Canutt
as Renegade
Blue Washington
as His Companion
Ward Bond
as Yankee Captain Tom
Cammie King
as Bonnie Blue Butler
Mickey Kuhn
as Beau Wilkes
Lillian Kemble-Cooper
as Bonnie's Nurse
Si Jenks
as Yankee on Street
Harry Strang
as Tom's Aide
Emerson Treacy
as Man (During Reconstruction)
Trevor Bardette
as Man (During Reconstruction)
Lester Dorr
as Man (During Reconstruction)
Wallis Clark
as Poker-Playing Captain
Louise Carter
as Bandleader's Wife
George Meeker
as Poker-Playing Captain
John Wray
as Prison Gang Overseer
Lee Murray
as Drummer Boy
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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (26)

  • "Gone With the Wind" offers the kind of big, rich, opulent experience the movies are in a unique position to offer but seldom do.

    Oct 1, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • If the story had been cut short and tidied up at the point marked by the interval, and if the personal drama had been made subservient to a cinematic treatment of the central theme, then Gone With the Wind might have been a really great film.

    Feb 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The film's subtle racism is insidious, going to great lengths to enshrine the myth that the Civil War wasn't fought over slavery - an institution the film unabashedly romanticizes.

    Jun 27, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • There has never been a picture like David O. Selznick's production of Gone With the Wind.

    Feb 22, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • No one watches Gone with the Wind for historical accuracy. What keeps us coming back is four-hours of epic romance in gorgeous Technicolor.

    Feb 22, 2015 | Rating: 4/5

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It's remarkable that after spending almost eight hours of my existence in front of this film, I can remember only two points vividly.

    Feb 25, 2014 | Full Review…

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